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Hello again, After the doors were painted I had to wait awhile before I could handle them. This is due to the cooler temps here having an effect on the curing time of the paint. I got the weatherstrip on yesterday and touched up some bad places on the interior paint. So today, after my "cholesterol special" breakfast, I'll grab some bolts and washers and get started putting the doors on. There's also an issue of repairing my charred interior pieces. I did'nt take any pics here because putting on weatherstripping is as exciting as listening to paint dry. Oh! I almost forgot, there is no oil leak only a coolant leak at the thermostat housing. SO, now to fix that and finish wire the MSD box, put the headers on and see if this ol' girl will run!
Hi again. On the weatherstripping, I found it helpful to use a tiny drop of super glue in strategic places to hold the weatherstripping perfectly in position while the actual weatherstrip adhesive dried. That really simplified things. The super glue grabbed almost instantly.
Hey thanks Veronica! That's a great idea! I wound up using masking tape to hold the tricky spots. I did get the passenger door on. It needs to be moved in at the bottom yet ( 1/4 inch) but it looks pretty good so far. I didn't even chip the paint on it...yet. (thanks for putting masking tape around the edges.) My stainless hardware for the doors,front fenders and headlight buckets came to a little over $22.00. I use stainless fasteners where I can. One tip here is to make sure you use anti-seize on the threads. Stainless galls real easy.
Hi again. It was not my finest hour. I was putting a sending unit in the gas tank, and, as is my custom, I was going to put a tiny drop of superglue on the gasket to hold it up there while I put the sending unit in. Somehow I managed to squeeze the tube too hard and the stuff came gushing out and made a little puddle on the floor underneath the gas tank. I thought to myself that I should clean that up before I messed around and glued myself to the floor, chuckled a little at the thought, and went on with what I was doing, and, sure enough, when I started to come out from under the car my head was stuck to the floor. I ended up having to just yank it loose, and also managed to hit my head on the rear axle housing doing that. I lost some hair, but no skin. The worst part was when my husband asked me what happened to my hair, and my inner idiot, Moronica, naively told him the truth. That was several years ago, and to this day it comes up occasionally.
Wow! Yep, I don't guess you're gonna live that one down for awhile. Years ago I worked for a local hospital and occassionaly witnessed some glued-together body parts. It always looked painful. "Moronica", now that's some funny 'chit there. I think we all have a bout of that at one time or another. Lately, for me, it's the "here after". I go into the next room and say," What am I here after?"
LOL! Yep...that's a pretty hefty trump card he has. Funny how those get used against ya at the most inopportune times. Hey, any ideas on what to seal the air extractor boxes with? I thought of that removeable rope caulk. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
Well, the holidays are done and I still have some commercial stuff left to paint this week. Then, I'm back on the ol' girl. Next on the car is to finish painting some of the interior parts and then line up the remaining door and fenders. I recently bought a Bronco fixer-upper. I paid 2K for a 35K mile 1985 basic. The cool part is it's got posi front and rear and 99% rust free. The bad is it runs like crap right now.
Hello again! I finished the painting of the interior parts yesterday and I received my new thermostat housing today. The temps here got to almost 70 for a couple days leaving me a window of time to finish painting the remainder of the parts. As I reported earlier here, the t-stat housing had a leak. This was due to the fact it was bent and/or poorly machined. After reading my cam card I had to change a couple plug wires to the 351/HO firing order. I'm about ready to finish wiring the MSD box and finish the oil sender hook up. I want to fire this beast up! I'll have some more pics coming soon. Take care
Just found this thread and read my way through all ten pages of progress here. Very inspirational! I'm doing a V8 swap on my '66 convertible right now and seeing stuff like this is definitely a good motivator to get off my ass and do something!
-1966 Ford Mustang Convertible "Lucy" 200ci Inline Six with C4
-2000 Ford Ranger "Rick" Extended Cab 3.0 V6 Sport Model XLT
Greetings Mr. Bender, I too just cuaght up reading the last pages of your posts-the car is looking great-i really like think the yellow stripes are gonna make folks wonder if this car is bad a-- or a poser...then they may get to see that boss 302 under the hood and faint !! I got a good laugh with your heineken story- I toured the brewery in amsterdam last year and had the freshest, best ever glass of beer at the end of it. Did you know they also had a ford factory there back in the day, and they actually made mustangs in amsterdam? Not alot, like a 20-100 a month or so, but there are 65 and up netherland vin # built cars running around europe.I have an 8 year old grandson who is dutch and lives in amsterdam-i am discretely turning him into an american muscle car gear head. my plan is to have him get one and restore his own mustang-thanks to guys like you taking the time to make a great thread on how to redo a car we can all be inspired to get it done!
Hey thanks guys! Geicoman that's a great covert manuever on your grandson! lol Steven, this started out as a thread to show my progress and got carried away I guess. Here's few more pics of what's up lately in some kind of order?. The first shot you can see the graceful curve of the old t-stat housing causing it to leak The next shot is my adaptation to keep both, my idiot light and the mechanical gauge. The third is the new t-stat housing which is by far a better example than the old one. Then I wanted a filter right out of the tank and one after the pump and also there is my new sender for the light. It's fairly cold out today (20 something for a high) so I'm not doing much on it today. We're looking at low 40's this week. That will work a little better. I had to throw in a engine shot...call it a weakness. A couple shots of my repair on the interior panel and the shot of the unrepaired piece ( I bought a new one of those. Don't think you can weld around these. They catch on fire faster than a polyester suit) Well, enjoy the pics and we'll see what happens next time.
Hello again, it's been a busy couple of weeks. I finished another commercial art job, got a raise and new duties at the day job, received my rust free 1976 F250 highboy ( first pick- Frankenstein, second pick the newbie) from Nevada at midnight on a work day, cringed as it rolled off the transport five feet in the air and smashed the underside of the bed one one side ( I can fix it), put some parts up for sale that I'll never use ($$$), finished the fuel lines on the Mustang, got refused twice on my personalized plates (apparently "OLSTUD 1" is offensive), I also finished the thermostat housing and refilled the coolant, aaaaand found my high dollar Fluke meter, butane soldering iron and wire strippers ( not in the same spots). I also got the rear corner of the interior trim pop riveted in ( they came that way) and now I'm two wires ( switched hot and ground) and the headers away from firing this ol' girl up. It's looking like this week it'll happen. It's times like this that I second guess myself," Did I put that in right? What about the timiing? Are those torqued?.." Well, it turns over by the key and nothing bangs around so that's a good deal. Have fun...I am.